2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Sports Feature Story ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Sun: Cancer can't tackle this teen
    Entry Credit: Shad Powers
    Judge Comment: This was a great feature. The reporter got all the necessary details and smartly over-write. There was restraint in relaying emotional details, letting the very strong voices of the player, mother and coach shine.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Fresno Bee
    Entry Title: Stem cells, hyperbaric chambers and Aaron Rodgers. How Jake Haener got back on the field
    Entry Credit: Robert Kuwada
    Judge Comment: The story is filled with great details and features interviews from people who are giving much more detail than they typically do with media. This is a tight competition and there was some repetition within a quote late in the story and a few spots where the copy could have been tighter. But overall, a really nice feature.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Former Sonoma State University soccer player Courtney Shoda gets new heart, number retired
    Entry Credit: Kerry Benefield
    Judge Comment: Really nicely written, engaging and filled with unexpected moments. It has the best kicker of the bunch.
  • Competition Comment: There were some strong entries in the group. "How a ‘Gender Outlaw’ bodysurfer found courage and self-acceptance in the sea" finished fourth on my list, narrowly missing the top three because some of the content was originally reported in a documentary. It also felt a touch too long. The last section could have been cut.